RE NEWS – SCIAF REAL GIFTS
The QMA school community took part in the SCIAF Real Gifts Campaign during Advent. All core RE
classes and staff have been collecting money to purchase gifts from SCIAF’s Real Gifts Catalogue. A total of £423
has been collected by staff and pupils, with an additional Parental contribution of £1,183. This makes a grand total of £1,606.
Whole School News
The Eco-Club used vegetables grown in the garden to put on a lunch for the Eco-club and Eco elective. The Eco-club have been working with Home Economics to grow vegetables and spices as well as using waste from HE lessons for composting. Food and the Environment is an important part of keeping Queen Margaret Academy a Green Flag school and growing our own food will be one of our targets for next year.
Hunterston Power Station
A group of S3 pupils will be visiting Hunterston Power Station on the 29th of January. The pupils will be out
of class for the morning only.- Full story and pictures to follow!
Holly, our Chinese teacher, is going to teach her S6 pupils Tai Chi next Friday periods 2 and 3. She is more
than willing to teach staff members too!! We look forward to what we are sure will be an enjoyable and useful learning experience.
4 French members of staff from IBM came to the Modern Languages department to work with our National 5 and Intermediate 2/Higher French pupilsto help them with the preparation of the upcoming Speaking exams. During French class pupils went to the IBM representative and spoke to them in French about a topic of their choice and then the IBM member of staff asked them follow up questions.
All of S1 classes are now glowing!! Mrs McIntosh has been working with all of S2 and S3 and I we are now confident to say that all pupils know how to post, tag and update their profile and the
significance of their profiles. S2 have been uploading their targets based on their Report Cards! The focus over next few months will be on S3 but Mrs McIntosh will be expecting S1 and S2 to continue with their skills.
Pupils in S1- S3 should remember to post examples of good work or good learning!!
The SSVP group collected for Barnardo’s just before Christmas and as I was absent they set up the meeting with Barnardo’s and organised the games, books and sweets and presented them to Eleanor Taylor showing great initiative and organisation skills.
Here is the thank you card that we have just received.
On behalf of the staff and families that are supported by Barnardo’s we would like to express our sincere
thanks for your very kind donation.
The sweets were given to the children after a very enjoyable afternoon when we had Zoo Lab in to entertain
them. The books, games etc have helped boost the resources available to the children who come into our service.
A special thanks also goes to the SLC department who have raised £117.69 for Barnardo’s!
Dyslexia Friendly School's Group Minutes
DFS Pupil Group Meeting Minutes
Present: Mr Fleming and pupil Reps S1-S6
The Learning Toolkit boxes are now ready to be distributed to each classroom across the school. The toolkits contain useful resources for all learners across the year groups. Each box contains the following materials for pupils to use whenever needed:
VCOP Vocabulary Pyramid
VCOP Openers Pyramid
VCOP Punctuation Pyramid
VCOP Connectives Pyramid
200 Most Common Words
Days of the week
Maths Symbols / Shapes
Fraction / Decimals / %
Post it Notes
A4 Lined Paper
Persuasive Writing Planning Sheet
Subject depts can add their own resources.
Useful additions would be:
Dictionary / Language Dictionary
Rubber / Tippex / Sharpener
Word Bank for Subject
Picture Bank For Subject
Stress Ball / Puzzles
Show Me Board / Pen /Duster
Rub Out Pens
Further to discussion the DFS Pupil Group would like to see the following added:
Also, the DFS Pupil Group would like a suggestion box in each classroom to give feedback on what resources are useful and suggestions for other resources.
Distribution of Learning Toolkits:
The DFS Pupil Group will meet again in a couple of weeks to learn more about the resources in preparation for
presentation at year group assemblies.
Pupil Support staff will book appointments
at DM’s to present the Learning Toolkits to
Mr Fleming will present the Learning Toolkits to the DFS Parent/Guardian Group.
Staff and pupils will be familiar with the resources and pupils should be able to use them independently to support their learning.